Will it be a happy return to Easter Road for Neil Lennon, his Celtic side make the trip to Edinburgh looking to all but confirm their eighth Scottish Premiership title in a row. Can his Celtic side get one step closer to lifting their eighth trophy in a row or will a stubborn Hibs team stall their victory parade?
Celtic are on the hunt of the ‘Treble Treble’ after securing their place in the Scottish Cup final. Last week’s defeat of Aberdeen 3-0 last week at Hampden was fairly routine for the Glasgow outfit helped by the fact, that Aberdeen finished the match with 9 men.
It’s always a tight match when these two meet, so I’m thinking more of the same today. Last time out, Hibs beat their fierce rivals Hearts 2-1, in what came as a bit of a surprise. Both Hibs & Celtic sit top of the five-match form table with a tally of 11 points, my only concern is that Hibs are only playing for pride with a top 3 finish out of the question. As I said earlier in the article, Celtic are storming to their eighth title in a row, after what looked to be a shaky start to the season. The Glasgow outfit have really kicked on in 2019 and squashed any hopes that Rangers had of spoiling the party.
Two-goal hero in last week’s fierce Edinburgh derby Daryl Horgan, will be hoping to continue his sparkling form with another big performance this Sunday vs the imperious League leaders. Mark McNulty is expected to lead the attack, with Marvin Bartley and Jonathan Spector returning to fitness and expected to be recalled.
Celtic will be without influential attacker Ryan Christie after his horrendous clash with Lewis Ball in last week’s Scottish Cup Final. The Scotsman suffered multiple facial fractures and requires surgery, which is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season. Defender Jack Hendry picked up an injury in a reserve match vs Rangers in midweek, so he’s unlikely to feature and Tom Rogic is unlikely to start but could make an appearance from the bench.
After last month’s fiery clash in the Old Firm with Rangers, Celtic captain Scott Brown is facing an SFA disciplinary hearing, but that won’t take effect until next month. In-form Odsonne Eduoard is expected to spearhead the attack, as Leigh Griffiths missed through injury and Scott Sinclair is very shy of form.
A match up which never fails to disappoint, who’ll come out on top and will there be as much excitement as usual?
Hibs have come out on top in their last two home matches against Celtic in the league. This showing Easter Road hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the League leaders. 90% of their last ten matches produced 2+ goals with 60% of those games producing 3 goals or more.
I’m expecting a bit more of the same this weekend with both sides in great form of recent. You can get over 2.5 goals (1.80) and Both teams to score (2.00) and I expect goals to be at the forefront of this clash. My favourite picks for anytime scorers have to be Odsonne Eduoard (2.00) and Mark Mcnulty (3.75). The Frenchman has been in amazing form and has really filled the void left by the departing Moussa Dembele, I expect his physical presence and speed to cause Hibs all sorts of problems. Mark Mcnulty on the other hand has been a bit dry of goals of late, but at that price I fancy him to get amongst the goals.
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00
Odsonne Eduoard to Score Anytime @ 2.00
Celtic to Win & Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.2